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Tour Opens Doors to Solar Homes

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Golden, Colo., Oct. 14, 1999 — The Tour of Solar Homes will open the doors of hundreds of passive and active solar homes across the nation Oct. 16. The Denver Metro tour will feature innovative houses in Denver, Golden, Littleton, Idaho Springs, Evergreen and Parker that tap energy from the sun.

The self-guided tour starts at the Visitors Center of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Tour booklets including maps to the homes and descriptions of their solar energy features will be available for $5 at NREL's Visitors Center on the day of the tour.

The Visitors Center will open at 9 a.m. Houses and other buildings on the tour, which showcase passive solar design, solar water heating and solar electric systems, will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ever wonder what it would feel like to live in a sun-lit home that uses less energy for light and heat, or a home that generates its own electricity? At each of the houses on the tour, owners will be on hand to describe their home's solar features and answer questions.

The Colorado Renewable Energy Society organized the tour. For more information, call the Denver tour hotline at (303) 806-5317.

NREL's Visitors Center is at 15013 Denver West Parkway in Golden. To reach the Visitors Center, take Interstate 70 to exit 263 (Denver West Boulevard) and turn north. At the stop sign, turn left on Denver West Parkway. Continue about one-half mile, the Visitors Center is on the right.


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